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Restorative justice: Polynesian style

Aitken, Robert
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Turning Wheel, Fall 2001. Magazine of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Downloaded 6 May 2004.

In this paper the author highlights key ideas and processes of an approach to conflict resolution in traditional Polynesian culture, specifically in Hawaii. This approach shares similarities with traditional Maori ideas and processes relating to conflict resolution. (The author states that the Maori of New Zealand and the Kanaka Maoli – Native Hawaiians – share a common Polynesian culture.) It also shares similarities with restorative justice. The author urges that this traditional Hawaiian approach be integrated into the state criminal justice system, at least as an alternative in certain situations.


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